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Take Five

The 33rd post in my cd collection series.

My more serious acquaintance with jazz began in the late nineties when I would attend jazz nights at the favourite local coffee shop in Shawnee, Oklahoma.  The coffee shop went by various names over the years as it changed hands, but it was a regular hangout throughout my college and grad school days.  It felt very grown-up to hang out at a coffee shop with cool music playing.

I liked the jazz music, but was ignorant of it, so I was quite excited when Ken Burns announced the upcoming Jazz documentary series on PBS.  I would use that series to introduce me to the genre, its history, and major stars and movements.  Once the series was over, I began to collect the major works of the genre and others that I'd really liked from the TV show.  So, as this blog series continues, you'll see more of those jazz greats appearing (I've already written about Louis Armstrong).  

One of the albums I bought after the Ken Burns documentary was Time Out by The Dave Brubeck Quartet.

Take five

Time Out includes "Take Five" the biggest-selling jazz single of all time.  Here is the description on Wikipedia:

Written in the key of E-flat minor, it is famous for its distinctive two-chord piano vamp; catchy blues-scale saxophone melody; imaginative, jolting drum solo; and use of the unusual quintuple (5/4) time, from which its name is derived.

Just listen to this fantastic piece of music: 


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